Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2017 are listed below.  There is also a list (and booking forms for the bus trips) in the printed copy of the Autumn 2016 Newsletter.  June Atkinson has done a sterling job arranging these trips for us and they are always worth attending.

June gives the following message regarding these outings:

Leader (except 29th March and 13th June 2017):  June E Atkinson.

Cost £15 per head pre-booked (not returnable).  Members will be informed, when their cheque is received, if the bus is already fully booked
Bookings: use printed form inside Newsletter.  Contact details are on this form.
Cheques payable to Harrogate & District Naturalists’ Society.

NOTE THIS CHANGE: New pick-up point (the only pick-up point) for minibus and coach outings:  meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub.  Car-parking charge:  £1.60 all day.  Please have exact money for the machine.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

The vehicles, where used, will be a 16-seater minibus and a 33-seater coach each with a hired driver.  Various field guides will be available on most trips.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.



Meet at Gouthwaite Reservoir main car park at 9.30 a.m. (in cars). Looking for waders and spring migrants. Continue to Scar House, stopping en route for raptors, Pied Flycatcher, Dipper. Scar House car park for lunch, looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk then to Angram for those who so wish.
When: Tue April 25 09:30 - 17:30


Minibus trip (booking required). Meet at York Place car park, Knaresborough, at 8 a.m. A stop at Wykeham for Honey-buzzard and other raptors, Turtle Dove, Tree Pipit, Common Crossbill. On to RSPB Bempton for the myriads of breeding seabirds. RSPB members should have their membership cards.

When: Tue June 6 08:00 - 19:30


Leader: Robert Brown. Meet in Stainburn car park at 9 p.m. (in cars). The walk is approximately 1 mile each way on a good forestry track. Please bring a torch for the return walk, and midge repellent is essential.

When: Tue June 13 21:00 - 23:45


Coach trip (booking required – see blue form). Meet at York Place car park at 8 a.m. Looking for passage migrants, seabirds and waders. Hopefully we may coincide with more unusual species. Butterflies and dragonflies will be of interest .
Note: There is now no vehicular access along the peninsula to the Point, but those wishing to undertake the walk, may do so.
When: Sun September 3 08:00 - 18:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

Fighting Wildlife Crime- in the UK and internationally

Bob Elliot, RSPB, Head of Wildlife Crime
When: Wed October 11 19:30 - 21:30

Yorkshire's Forgotten Fenlands

Ian Rotherham, Sheffield Hallam
When: Wed October 25 19:30 - 21:30

Hackfall Woods

David Mason, Woodland Trust
When: Wed November 8 19:30 - 21:30

‘Filey International’ Migration at the Filey observatory

Mark Pearson
When: Wed November 22 19:30 - 21:30

State of the UK's birds.

Mike Brown, HDNS
When: Wed December 6 19:30 - 21:30

Work of the RSPB in Yorkshire

Helen Byron, RSPB
When: Wed January 10 2018 19:30 - 21:30


Dr Nick Gaunt
When: Wed January 24 2018 19:30 - 21:30


Mike Watson
When: Wed February 7 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Overview work of YDRT

Dan Turner YDRT
When: Wed February 21 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Swift Conservation

Edward Mayer
When: Wed March 7 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Spiders - a natural history

Geoff Oxford, University of York, YNU
When: Wed March 21 2018 19:30 - 21:30

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